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Living the Self-Examined, Self-Aware Life

As I stated in my comment to Rob Kall's article, "The one symptom that stands out in every mental disorder is selfishness." So while selfishness may not in and of itself be a neurosis or character disorder (the modern term for psychosis), it is a symptom, and if you intentionally try and be selfish, you really must ask yourself one question: do I have some underlying mental disorder--such as the ones that Rob listed in his article--that is at the root of my selfishness, and am I using my selfishness as an excuse to avoid confronting my mental illness and doing something about it. The rising numbers of prescriptions for depression and anxiety disorders tell me that even if such medications are being over-prescribed, there is something very wrong with our nation's mental health.

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Certainly, the super-plutocrats and their ilk suffer from selfishness; charity on their part almost invariably has an ulterior motive, often as a tax write-off or a means to broadcast their "superiority." They use the shield of their corporations, their foundations, and their trusts to keep the world that you and I live in--and all of our many problems--at more than arm's length. They and their lackeys insist that if we are suffering, it is because we do not work hard enough in the world where they have established impossible rules and conditions for the average human being to get a little ahead, let alone prosper. Their disassociation from reality is also an indication of other mental illnesses: dissociative disorder, even schizophrenia, along with the fact that they put their wealth--which is a thing--ahead of people. This, as I said in my OpEdNews article, "Choosing the Hardest Thing," is just plain evil.

I think we, as compassionate human beings, need to save them from themselves. Raise the marginal tax rate on anyone making more than $10,000,000.00 per year to 70 percent.

It's the least we can do for them.

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Richard Girard is an increasingly radical representative of the disabled and disenfranchised members of America's downtrodden, who suffers from bipolar disorder (type II or type III, the professionals do not agree). He has put together a team to (more...)

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